Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus at Rikers Island prison, according to reports. The disgraced Hollywood mogul, who is currently serving 23 years behind bars after being found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, is said to be in isolation at this time for his safety and for the safety of other inmates. 

Harvey Weinstein ‘tests positive for coronavirus’

The Niagara Gazette claims officials at Wende Correctional Facility said that two inmates had tested positive. It’s not yet officially been confirmed whether Weinstein has contracted Covid-19, with his spokesperson telling Metro.co.uk his team ‘had not heard anything like that yet.’

Since being diagnosed with COVID-19, the highly infectious virus that can cause severe complications, especially for those who, like Weinstein, already have underlying health conditions, including heart problems, he has been moved into isolation.

Weinstein's charges include one criminal sexual act and one "third degree rape" (this is a lesser charge than first-degree rape, which he was acquitted of). The criminal sexual act saw the former Hollywood mogul force oral sex on a former Project Runway production assistant, Miriam Haley, in 2006.

Alongside his sexual exploits, Weinstein also found himself hitting headlines in recent weeks after an email he wrote, in which he reportedly said actress Jennifer Aniston should "be killed", was unearthed.

Harvey Weinstein CBE is an American former film producer and a convicted sex offender. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded the entertainment company Miramax, which produced successful independent films including Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), The Crying Game (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Heavenly Creatures (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), and Shakespeare in Love (1998). Weinstein won an Academy Award for producing Shakespeare in Love and seven Tony Awards for plays and musicals, including The Producers, Billy Elliot the Musical, and August: Osage County. After leaving Miramax, Weinstein and his brother Bob founded The Weinstein Company, a mini-major film studio. He was co-chairman, alongside Bob, from 2005 to 2017.

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